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ASUS GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5 GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card is overkill for 99.99% of gamers even at stock speeds. However, when you overclock it (which is as simple as one click of a mouse) this card becomes the bane of the titan. i currently have my card overclocked to 1255hz (over 50% higher than default settings) and i've had zero stability issues and it's never gotten over 35C.
I should also mention that the case is housed in a Corsair 250D, this card fits perfectly inside it (the heat pipes dont touch the glass, nor does it ever get hot enough for the glass to be warm to the touch.

Cons: Not ROG Seriously?
-One egg for disrespecting this beast

Other Thoughts: If you have $500 in your budget for a graphics card and you want the best of the best, its hard to find one better than this. However, if your part of the 99.99% of gamers that play Wow, ESO, etc this card is just for looks, because nothing you will throw at it will even slow it down.
There are other card that are 5x cheaper that will play even ESO on all Ultra settings. (My co-worker can even play it on ultra settings with just his Kaveri).

Tldr: Its a monster, not a child's toy

ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great mobo with lots of extras, easily the best on the market.
the combo wifi and mini sound card were a nice bonus.

When i have it working it screaming fast, boot time for win 7 ultimate is roughly 3 seconds.

Cons: I've read the manual, tested it, and installed it correctly. yet while downloading some of the drivers off the disk (i needed to get the networking going so i could download the rest) it crashed several times. it only crashed on the FX sound and wireless/bluetooth installation though so im not sure if this is a hardware issue or user error. all the other drivers installed fine, even the GTX780 drivers from online.

Other Thoughts: After the crashes i've disassembled the entire pc to make sure everything is pluged in correctly and i cant find anything wrong. im going to try and re-install windows on a HDD and see if the SSD is the issue

LIAN LI PC-TU200B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Everything You'll ever need in a case. 02/16/2014

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-TU200B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case has everything going for it; it's got style, excellent build quality, and portability. Those who have a more mature taste in cases will appreciate its craftsmanship and longevity over other plastic and flashy colors or lights. These are a few of my favorite things about this case

-Style; This case oozes style, it really stands out next to other chassis.

-Portability. The handle feels solid, the case has nice plastic corner guards, and the extra GPU support rods give me extra peace of mind while moving the case around.

-Build Quality, this case has an amazing build quality, from the extra corner protection to grommeted screws holding the front case fan on. i've seen other reviews of the cases not having motherboard standoffs and i had no such problem, maybe a quality control issue at one point.

-300mm graphics card support. Honestly, if you have a card over 12" long even most mid to full tower cases will have a tight fit. This also opens up the door to high power mobile gaming / workstation rigs.

-Mini-ITX form factor, with the growing market of APUs and Mini-ITX boards capable of throwing down with full ATX boards, this really opens the door to low cost mid range gaming, especially if Steamos takes off.

-Fan Filters, and two of them. one of the main reasons i chose htis case.

Cons: All the cons i have with this case are negligible, yet noteworthy.

-The brushed aluminum sides, while durable, do scratch and smudge easily. The case will last you if you treat it right.

-The HDD cage can be a double edged sword for some. If your a media junkie, the ability to house 4 3Tb HDD drives and an SSD give this a huge advantage over other small form factor cases. However, if your a gamer like myself the HDD cage blocks the only case fan and prevents the use of a radiator. This is con is negligible in my case *See other thoughts*

-Air flow, however in all cases this side the air flow is going to be restricted and the ability to place an additional fan on the bottom of the case helps greatly.

Other Thoughts: I used this chassis to put together a high power, portable, gaming rig including water cooling. to pull this off it took some forethought and elbow grease.
First i removed the HDD cage and installed a SilverStone 5.25in to slim ODD and 4 2.5" HDD/SSD giving me all the possible space i needed while still matching the brushed aluminum look.
Second i removed the front 140mm fan and installed a 140mm to 120mm fan adapter. this was the difficult part because the screws that go into the front fan were far to long for the adapter. a few drops of super glue worked fine. *although it stuck the rubber grommets to the case and i doubt that i am ever going to get that apart*
lastly i installed a corsair H80i with a push pull configuration, although i had to remove the push because i purchased a slightly longer video card, however i think i can still get the push fan on if i use the GPU support on the card.

I plan on building another rig for my wife using this case, although I'm going to wait for MSI to come out with their Mini-ITX FM2+ gaming board so i can utilize the new A10's


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Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 08/23/12

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  • First Review: 02/12/14
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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